Scientists have begun using stem cell injections to treat those who have been paralyzed in accidents resulting in a spinal cord injury. In March 2016, Kristopher Boesen (Kris) was in a car accident that paralyzed him from the neck down. After the accident, Kris had difficulty breathing on his own due to his injuries and was told he may never be able to regain control of his limbs again.
Spinal cord injuries are incredibly difficult for the nervous system to recover from. There are a large number of people that are in recovery and hoping for a cure for this condition. Every year 11,000 new cases occur in the United States alone. As this number rapidly continues to multiply, scientists are diligently working to identify the next breakthrough in technology that will provide a cure for paralysis.
Awareness of the Zika virus has spread worldwide. People know it for it’s harmful effects on babies when the virus happens to infect a pregnant women. Yet, researchers have found more evidence that it can also lead to a syndrome which causes temporary and sometimes permanent paralysis.
When a spinal cord injury occurs, it can often mean an entirely new way of life for the patient suffering from such a debilitating condition as well as those loved ones in his or her life. Time and again, we’ve heard stories of people struggling to recover both physically and financially after such an incident. After all, the nerve damage left in the wake of a severe spinal cord injury can often lead to any one of many forms of paralysis and devastating loss of function.
An experimental Asterias Biotherapeutics stem cell study improved mobility in paralyzed spinal cord injury patients. The study data is preliminary, and the full study has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Researchers presented their results at the International Spinal Cord Society meeting in Vienna, Austria.
The number of people in America that are currently suffering from a spinal cord injury (SCI) is up to a shocking quarter of a million. Every year, seventeen thousand more people are added to this list. When an accident that brings this type of condition about occurs, a human’s life is changed forever.
In 2015, Invivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp got an approval from the FDA to pilot a study they’ve been carrying out, called INSPIRE, on treatment for cases of complete spinal cord injuries. Initially, the study began with one patient.
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